In response to the new U.S. government, Cuba ban Virgin Voyages has revealed its new itineraries to replace the ones which featured Havana.
New Virgin Voyages Itineraries
In October 2018 Virgin Voyages announced its first ever cruise ship would be sailing to Cuba. Due to a new U.S. Cuba ban policy which was implemented on June 5, the cruise line has now been forced to change itineraries.
As the ship was scheduled to offer overnight at Havana, Cuba the cruise line won’t move away from this by still including day and night port of calls.
- The ship will offer five-night Riviera May sailings which will include calls to Cozumel/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
- The Fire and Sunset Soirées sailings will be for four nights including a sunset departure from Key West, Florida and a midnight departure from Bimini in the Bahamas.
- New longer sailings are also being offered due to high demand. The seven-night itineraries will take place of the festive season at the end of 2020 and include calls at Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and late-night sail aways in both Bimini, Bahamas and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The new itinerary options are now available for booking on the Virgin Voyages web site. Those guests who previously booked sailings which included Cuba are being automatically moved over to the new offerings. Virgin Voyages is also contacting guests with details on compensation.
Full U.S. Cuba Travel Coverage:
- Norwegian Cruise Line Ceases All Calls to Cuba
- MSC Cruises Updates Itineraries Due to U.S. Cuba Travel Ban
- Virgin Voyages to Announce Cuba Replacement Next Week
- Carnival Cruise Line Cancels Calls To Cuba Due to Travel Ban
- Royal Caribbean is First Cruise Line to Cancel Visits to Cuba
- Cruise Lines React to U.S. Cuba Travel Ban
The 110,000-ton Scarlet Lady which is currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy will begin cruises in Spring 2020 out of PortMiami, Florida.
Several major cruise lines have been hit hard by canceling calls to Cuba due to the travel ban. Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line have all been scrambling to alter itineraries and offer compensation to booked passengers.